Archbishop Mar Anthony Kariyil issues circular states that it’s time to begin public sacrificial offerings in the Archdiocese of Ernakulam and Angamaly from July 1. Admission is limited to twenty-five. The circular states that the fear of coronavirus does not show any immediate signs of withdrawal, and that, in recognition of this fact, it is permissible to begin daily sacrificial offerings in the churches with strict terms.
– only a maximum of 25 people, including the celebrant, altar servers and choir should be present for the Holy Mass.
– A maximum of 50 people can participate in the marriage with consent, and 20 in the funeral service. For all other occasions, only 25 people are allowed.
– Those who come to the shrine must wear a mask.
– The name, location and phone number of the participants should be recorded in a register book. The register must be kept in the vicar’s office so that health workers, police or other authorities can issue it immediately if requested.
– The chairs of the shrine shall be arranged in such a manner that they shall be six feet apart.
– Fulfill the Government’s directive that patients under the age of 10 and over 65 should not participate in public activities; neither should the sick or pregnant women.
– Hands should be cleaned with Hand Sanitizer before and after the services.
– Stretch your hands away from the body and accept the Holy Mass in your palm.
– The churches shall strictly abide by the regulations in the areas designated as the Hot Spot Containment Zone.
– If the parish priest is aware that there is a high likelihood of disease within the parish, permission may be obtained from the Archdiocese and the church may be closed for a specified number of days.
– Live streaming of the sacraments offered by parishioners in the parish can be made online by the faithful in the parish, who cannot attend the church, but can attend the Mass at their church.
– Online Mass will be at 6:30 a.m. from the Archbishops House. Visitation will be held at 6.30am and 8.30am on Sunday.